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The Insurrection at Harper's Ferry

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Newburg, Nov. 29, 1859.

E. F. Fuller,
Victor Smith,
Richard Smith,

Reports of general stoppage of trains and invasion of cars by armed men or others are entirely false. This is neither undertaken nor permitted. Three passengers, who are said to have used incendiary language, were peaceably arrested upon the telegraphic notice sent by a detective from the West to State authorities. This is the only instance of the kind.


Baltimore. November 30th, 1859.

W. P. Smith.

To post you fully, I send copies of dispatches to Gov. Wise. Mr. Hunter, Agent at Martinsburg, and Gov. Wise's reply, Your action in the west, in accordance with these arrangements, will I trust prevent any further annoyance to our passengers. Explain this to Agents at all points, so that our passengers may not be further alarmed or troubled. I fear serious injury to our business from such a course as that pursued at Martinsburg.


Baltimore, November 29, 1859.

To Hon. Henry A. Wise.

To ensure satisfactory and reliable arrangements, I visited Harper's Ferry to day, and conferred by appointment with Mr. Hunter. In accordance with his views, the following programme was determined upon, viz :
To run the regular trains, east and west, with but the usual number of cars, unless more are required for troops. Our Company to sell no tickets to Harper's Ferry, or any point in its vicinity, except to parties who may be approved by an authorized officer of this Company, who is to furnish a personal certificate, which will be respected by your authorities. We shall place our best men in charge of all trains on Thursday and Friday, and their courage and fidelity can be relied upon. I dispatched our Master of Transportation, Mr. Smith, by this day's train—,after the conference with Mr. Hunter—to perfect similar arrangements at Parkersburg, Moundsville, Benwood and Wheeling.


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B. H. Richardson, Annapolis


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, WCFL

Original Size:
22 x 14 cms

Maryland. General Assembly. Senate, 1860.

Harpers Ferry (W. Va.), History; John Brown's Raid, 1859.

Harpers Ferry (WV), Washington County (Md.), 1859

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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